KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Gordon Beckham is expected to miss a third consecutive game on Sunday as he continues to rehab his strained left oblique.
The second baseman is still experiencing tenderness when he swings and the White Sox are “erring on the side of caution,” general manager Rick Hahn said Sunday. Beckham played in one game and went 0-for-3 but hasn’t returned to the lineup since.
“He feels a stabbing pain at times or a tenderness and stiffness when he swings and we are just not going to push through it,” Hahn said. “Again, we’ve talked about from Day 1 on obliques, we are always hesitant to put a time frame on injury recovery because things happen, but obliques are even more tricky in that regard. You never know until you are back playing every day without restriction on a consistent basis, you can never really say it’s behind you.”
Beckham injured his oblique in the batting cage after a March 14 Cactus League game. He thought he might be able to return in time for the March 31 season-opener after he club restricted Beckham from any work for seven days. Though Beckham is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list, manager Robin Ventura said the earliest would likely be Thursday.
But even that date seems uncertain at this point as the White Sox try to be cautious.
“When he can play quite a few games in a row without feeling anything, then we’ll have something,” Ventura said. “That’s why I didn’t feel like there was a chance of him being back any earlier than when we get back. But he would have to play a few games in a row and not feel anything, and then go from there.”
-- When Adrian Nieto, Alexei Ramirez, Jose Abreu and Dayan Viciedo all started Saturday the White Sox became the first team to field four Cuban players in their starting lineup since the Cleveland Indians did on April 8, 1969. The Indians’ lineup featured Jose Cardenal, Joe Azcue, Zoilo Versailes and pitcher Luis Tiant.
-- The White Sox will likely have a bench loaded with power the next three games in Denver as Ventura said Adam Dunn is unlikely to start in the outfield. Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, is known for its spacious outfields and amber waves of grain.
“It’s hard just to stick a guy out there, especially there where the outfield is so big,” Ventura said. “We’ve thought of it. There’s a possibility, a slim one, but there’s a possibility.”
-- Avisail Garcia was dropped down to the seventh spot, Ventura said, to give him more time to figure his swing out. Garcia reached base on a hit by pitch in the second inning Sunday after an 0-for-13 spell dating back to Wednesday.